Next Sunday, September 17th, is our annual “Fill-a-Pew” Sunday and we are so excited! This is a wonderful opportunity to invite your unchurched family and friends to a service designed especially to reach them.
We will have a guest speaker, Pastor Michael Jones from Over There Christian Church, and our worship team is putting together a wonderful surprise that we know will encourage and uplift your hearts as well as present a clear Gospel message to our guests. Logged in Members, CLICK HERE to view full text!
One of the most discouraging aspects of sharing the Gospel is knowing that so many people will reject the message, and yes, even at times reject the messenger…you.
At times, we might think that if we could just be a bit more like Jesus then everyone would accept this message because we would minister the way He wants us to minister. We would share the exact words they need to hear to make the decision for Christ. Logged in Members, CLICK HERE to view full text!
Luke 24:6-7 (NKJV) 6 He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, 7 saying, ‘The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ ”
Can you imagine what it must have been like for Mary and Martha along with certain other women to hear those words from the Angel at the tomb of Jesus? The range of emotions went from the lowest of the low to the highest of the high as the news of the resurrection of Christ began to register first in their minds, then it moved to their hearts and finally made its way to their feet as they soon would be running to tell the Disciples! Logged in Members, CLICK HERE to view full text!
Letter of Encouragement to be Christ’s Hands, Feet and Voice!
Greetings in Christ!
A singer and songwriter by the name of Gordon Jensen wrote a song some years ago which mentions the fact that you and I as Christians are the only “Jesus” that many people will see.
No, this does not mean we are Jesus Himself of course. We know He is Jesus all by Himself, yet it should be our goal and desire to be just a bit more like Him every day by sharing what Christ is like. We are to be “lights” in a dark world!
If there is ever a time for people to see Christ in action through His people, it is today!
Take a moment to read this story which illustrates what we are to be in this world when it comes to sharing Christ.
Pastor Mark Thompson of Faribault, Minnesota, suffered terrible knife wounds from an assailant in his home, in October 1988. One of the many consequences of his difficult recovery was being forced to miss watching his son Chris run in the state cross-country championship meet. Pastor Thompson commissioned his brother Merv to go in his stead. According to the account in the St. Paul Pioneer Press & Dispatch, Mark told his brother, “I can’t be there to see Chris run. So I want you there at the beginning of the race. Holler a lot. … Then at the end, I want you to really cheer loudly. And I want you to make your voice sound like mine.” Merv heeded the advice, and Chris ran a strong race, finishing second. Merv, also a pastor, discerned the theological truth in the story. “That’s what Jesus wants us to do.” he said. “Make your voice sound like mine.”
Friends, we are called to live in this world to “make our voice sound like His”! How can we know what His voice is like? Well, I believe one of the greatest ways is to get into the Word of God and see how He ministered to, and blessed people while on this earth. While the religious crowd often shunned Him, we know He took time for those who were hurting, broken and wounded.
Let’s do that!
There’s an old song that has these words:”Oh to be His hand extended, reaching out to the oppressed, Let me touch Him, let me touch Jesus,So that others may know and be blessed.” I encourage you today to do your best to walk where He would walk. To talk the way He would talk, and to lend your voice to the voiceless!
Easter Service Invitation (Evangelistic Opportunity)
Resurrection Greetings in Christ!
Most of us know that Easter and Christmas are two times during the calendar year of the church that people are most likely to attend church, yet did you know there are far more people who would attend if they had a simple invitation?
Thom Rainer, a Christian blogger and researcher recently polled over 300 non-churched people, and found that ninety-six percent of them are at least are at least somewhat likely to attend church if invited! Logged in Members, CLICK HERE to view full text!
Some of you who were brought up in the church may remember something called “testimony service”. This was a special time when people would get up to declare the works of the Lord in their own lives. This had a couple of purposes as it served to remind them and “cement” that in their hearts that God cares for them personally, but it also served as a way to inspire and bless others who might have been going through much of the same thing at that point in life. Logged in Members, CLICK HERE to view full text!
Have you ever heard a statement similar to this? “Well, I would love to be able to go to church, but it’s hard for me to do when I see all the hypocrites there.”
While you may have not heard those exact words, you’ve probably heard a variation of some kind and perhaps wondered a bit if you were being accused of being a hypocrite. None of us want to be considered in such a way, yet this is the impression often left in the wake of such a statement.
Jesus valued the church greatly, and in fact calls it his Bride! We know also that He’s coming one day for a Bride without spot or wrinkle, but we also realize there’s still a lot of spots to be removed, and wrinkles to iron! Logged in Members, CLICK HERE to view full text!
Love makes ALL the difference! We’ve perhaps heard that many times, yet I wanted to take a few moments to share this reminder with you that it truly does make ALL the difference, especially when it’s the love of God being referred to! I believe today if we are ever going to share God’s love with those around us, we first need to experience it in our own lives.
As I was reading various scriptures having to do with the love God has for us, I came across the following which was actually a prayer the Apostle Paul was offering to God on behalf of the church at Ephesus while he was in prison for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Logged in Members, CLICK HERE to view full text!
I wanted to take a moment to send you this letter of invitation to our upcoming special Revival Services with Evangelist (FIRST NAME, LAST NAME), which will be held here at (NAME OF CHURCH) on OCTOBER 20-23.
Have you ever wondered how you can get involved in Evangelism? Some people hear the word “evangelism” and immediately put up the stop sign in their minds, believing it’s only for the bold and bombastic who are strong enough to share their faith.
Yet, I want to share a wonderful concept with you that was originally shared by Pastor Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Church in a message entitled “Just Walk Across the Room”, and soon became a book by the same title. Logged in Members, CLICK HERE to view full text!